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Balloon crash: Witness describes seeing 'huge fireball'

One witness believes the balloon hit a power line Credit: Reuters

An eyewitness to a fatal balloon crash in Texas which is believed to have killed 16 people described the scene as a "huge fireball".

Margaret Wylie, who lives near the crash site, said she believed that before it crashed the balloon hit high power lines, which caused popping sounds like a gun going off.

"It went up like a big fireball," she described.

The wreckage of the balloon appears to rest under a number of power lines.

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Number of deaths confirmed in hot air balloon crash

An investigation has now been launched into the crash

A "number of deaths" have been confirmed in a hot air balloon crash in Texas.

An investigation has now been launched after the balloon, believed to be carrying 16 people, caught on fire before crashing near Lockhart around 8.30am local time, according National Transportation Safety Board official Erik Grosof.

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Balloon crash: 'Thoughts and prayers with families'

Nobody is believed to have survived the crash Credit: Reuters

Texas's Governor offered his sympathies to the families of those believed to have been killed in a hot air balloon crash in America.

On Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a balloon carrying at least 16 people had caught fire and crashed near to Lockhart, Texas, at roughly 8.30am.

There are not thought to be any survivors, according to a local sheriff.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the Lockhart community," Governor Greg Abbott said.

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